The match-race of the autumn is on after Chris Waller confirmed rising star Press Statement will take on stablemate and arguably Australia’s best horse Winx in Saturday’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill.
Both horses fine-tuned their preparations for the $1 million event with a track gallop at Rosehill on Tuesday morning.
“Winx galloped over 1000m and recorded some good sectionals over the concluding stages,” Waller said. “She certainly pleased (jockey) Hugh (Bowman), who was aboard this morning.”
Bowman also put Press Statement through his paces, however the three-year-old will be ridden by James McDonald in Saturday’s race with Bowman to stick with Winx.
“He has come on nicely since his last start,” Bowman said of Press Statement. “He will certainly provide good competition for Winx on Saturday.”
Kermadec will also race in the George Ryder and will be ridden by Zac Purton.
The four-year-old was also given a solid hitout over 1000m with Waller expect...